My perception of meditating has changed so much in the last couple of years – I used to think that it was something only hippies who lived in the back of their van and never washed their hair did. Or Monks. And absolutely no in between. Meditation was recommended to me when I was going through a pretty tough time and I was honestly so reluctant to try it – I was told to just start with doing five minutes each morning, which consisted of me opening my eyes every 30 seconds and questioning whether time had actually stopped. One time, I even stopped half way through the five minutes to lay on my bed because sitting in the same position for that amount of time was unachievable for my very restless and wondering mind. Regardless of how much I genuinely loathed meditating, I kept doing it every single morning because for some reason I just knew I needed to. After a couple months, five minutes turned to ten minutes and ten minutes turned to twenty minutes. The thing about meditating and the reason I think a lot of people are discouraged is because it takes a while to notice the benefits of doing it – but gradually you start to notice the pauses. By pauses I mean the moments before you react to something – time slows for a second and it causes you to change your perception of a situation and therefore, your reaction to it. A TED Talk I once listened to (said every pretentious person, ever) addressed the issue of people thinking they simply do not have the time to meditate – what they don’t understand is that meditating gives you back your time, in the time you save on stressing about little things, engaging in arguments and also it can drastically improve your health so that you literally have more time on earth. Some of the most successful people in this world – I’m talkin’ Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Schumer, Oprah freakin’ Winfrey – attribute meditation to being a massive part of how they have gotten to where they are. And I absolutely attribute meditation to how I got out of a really shitty time in my life. As well as family, friends, blah blah blah. I truly believe that meditating is something that kids should be taught from a young age, in school, and that it would significantly improve their ability to deal with situations, adversity and their general wellbeing. I understand that’s a bit of a far out concept, but so was so was space travel and we bloody did that.